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Info Wanted on Cyclist who Hit Pedestrian and Ran “This thoughtless act resulted in her having a broken elbow.”

by Prince Of Petworth — November 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm 32 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

On Oct.22nd btw 5-5:30pm at F and 10th Street, NW in front of Madame Tussaud’s my daughter was hit by a male riding a bicycle. He did not stop, just hit and ran.

This thoughtless act resulted in her having a broken elbow. She required surgery: a metal plate implanted. Next to her Physical Therapy to regain full range of motion.

Accidents happen. But to hit, run and be so uncaring is What…. I don’t know how to describe such behavior.

What my daughter recalls is that it was a male, with a flag on his bike (type of flag unknown) and she thinks a beenie (spelling not sure) on his head.

We filed a police report and requested footage from the traffic camera.

Would you believe we were told by the police they will not pull the footage since it is not a fatality.

Yes I am most pleased my daughter is alive but what am I paying taxes for?

If anyone has information that might lead to the identity of this individual please call
202-903-7617 or email [email protected]


  • FridayGirl

    I wish I was more surprised about this. I see at least a few bikers on my walk to the bus every morning blow through red lights (although I realize that wasn’t specified here) and I wish that MPD had the resources to crack down on this. It’s really dangerous.

    • Flint Ironstag

      Right?! And the drivers who run lights and the pedestrians that cross against the light too.

  • gotryit

    That is awful.

    The response from the police is typical, but idiotic. If you haven’t already, I suggest you try talking to someone higher in the police command chain (a lieutenant, captain, or commander) or ask your councilmember to help.

    • textdoc

      +1. You might also want contact the MOCR (Mayor’s Office of Community Relations) rep for your ward, especially if your councilmember’s staff are unresponsive/clueless.

  • rachel

    I HATE reading about stuff like this because it makes cyclists look SO BAD! In downtown I think most of the bad behavior I see usually look like bike messengers to me. My partner used to be a messenger (and we literally cannot bike together without fighting, although he’s gotten a lot better over time) and I think most of them carry the same type of large, usually water proof looking bags, they never have helmets on, and they never stop at lights. Really hoping for a speedy recovery to the injured person.

    • anon

      “… it makes cyclists look so bad” sort of implies something along the lines of #notallcyclists, and then going on to blame a specific group of cyclists is a stretch at best. LOTS of dangerous behavior undertaken by a majority of individuals on wheels everyday, i’m afraid

  • KPS

    This is terrible. So sorry to hear this. The “excuse” from the cops is unforgivable. I would move to this the mayor’s office and the local media if necessary. Not giving you full access to evidence that would help apprehend this dangerous criminal is outrageous. Who ever heard of such a thing?? The victim didn’t DIE, so tough sh*t? Makes my blood boil.

  • kittycatbob

    There is a very high chance MPD doesn’t have the video on file anymore. There was a woman in my neighborhood about three years ago who suffered from a very nasty hit and run. She begged the police to find the footage but every request was ignored. The officer who is responsible for these types of accidents was on vacation and when he returned and finally contacted the victim, he told her they delete the video after X number of days.

  • Nancy

    I hope the police find & punish that guy. I move slowly (with a cane) and have been hit twice by bikers riding on the sidewalk. And barely missed several other times. Neither of the bikers who hit me stopped to even ask if I was ok.

  • mt.pdude

    I’m sorry this happened to your daughter and I hope she has a full recovery. I have noticed more jay walkers downtown and I agree the police need to do something about bikers running lights, but they need to crack down on the jaywalkers too.

  • Anon

    FOIA it, FOIA it today and do not wait, footage is deleted on a regular basis. You can do it online.

    I have always found agencies extremely responsive to FOIA requests, including for traffic camera footage.

  • ke

    Are there other cameras besides the traffic camera that would be helpful? Perhaps some businesses would voluntarily give you their footage. But I agree that you will need to act ASAP before the footage is erased.

  • Rich

    lately, I’ve been more annoyed with bikes than cars as a pedestrian. BTW–more cameras won’t change this. there are no quick techie solutions to human problems. having more rush hour police presence dealing with traffic would be more useful.

  • LincParkSE

    I hit a guy once who darted across the street, against the light, w/o even looking. I flew off my bike but luckily only suffered a head injury. His friends hustled him off (business attire) before the police arrived- and the cops were the same- nothing they could do.- even with witnesses. Still thankful to the ppl that stopped to help.

    • gotryit

      I’ve noticed more people recently crossing against the light looking at their phones. I have to hit the brakes or swerve around them. Maybe they just aren’t looking for bicyclists, but it’s going to be a bad day for both of us if I hit one of them.

      • anonymous shaw dweller

        This is a side story to the awful tragedy/experience of this OP: We should determine better education mechanisms for both pedestrians and bikers. Especially: pedestrians, who believe their time is so valuable — to the detriment of everybody else — and only look down at their mobile phone, to the inattention of all else, while crossing the road.

  • nightborn

    So sorry this happened to your daughter. It’s a miracle this doesn’t happen to more people – so many cyclists, at least the ones I see in my neighborhood, seem to think the rules of the road such as waiting at red lights and letting pedestrians cross at crosswalks do not apply to them.

  • DF

    Should I assume your daughter was standing in the street where cyclists (and cars) travel? I see this all too often where peds stand in the crosswalk waiting for the light while oncoming traffic has the ROW. Cyclists must veer into traffic from bike lane or shoulder to avoid hitting pedestrian. It’s a frustration I see often biking.

  • errr

    you know what would be awesome? if bicyclists obeyed traffic laws.

    • Anonymous

      That would be awesome.
      You know what else would be awesome? If drivers and pedestrians obeyed traffic laws.

      • Anonymous

        Zing! And also 100% correct.

        • errr

          although i dont think there are many drivers who simply ignore all traffic laws, as seems to be fairly common with bicyclists. i see bicyclists blow through red lights and stop signs all the time. not so much with cars. as for pedestrians? well, they’re not really a danger to people on bikes and in cars, are there? are there examples of people on foot being hit by cars or bikes, and it’s the car driver/bike rider who ends up in the hospital and the pedestrian walks away?

          • Anonymous

            It doesn’t matter who gets hurt, accidents are bad for all parties involved (and many parties not involved) and that’s why all parties should stay out of each other’s way when they are supposed to. I don’t understand why people argue against this point.
            Additionally, there are many benefits to improved traffic movement (all kinds) that results from everyone waiting their turn to go, so it’s not like who gets hurt in accidents is the only relevant factor.

          • Anon

            It seems like you’re implying that bicyclists disobeying laws is a bigger problem than drivers disobeying laws. If that were the case, could we look at the actual data to find out if you’re right? Lo and behold, negligent drivers kill literally 1000x more people than reckless cyclists. Cracking down on cyclist or pedestrian misbehavior or spending money on education campaigns for cyclists and pedestrians is a misallocation of resources when 99% of street fatalities and injuries are caused by drivers.

          • gotryit

            There are certainly drivers breaking the law all the time. Here are some examples: speeding, distracted driving, not coming to a stop at a stop sign, not stopping before right on red, blocking the box, driving without headlights on, parking in a bike lane, turning right in front of a bus, crossing the double yellow lines, mid-block U-turns, opening a door into traffic…
            Your perception is that bicyclists are worse. It’s just a biased perception.

          • Green Monster

            As a pedestrian, I would rank the top 3 most unpredictable non-pedestrian groups as:
            1. Bicyclists
            2. Maryland drivers
            3. Segway tourist on the first few blocks of the tour. Like they kind of know how to operate it, but they also might panic and shoot off into a crowd of people.
            Temple Grandin ain’t figuring out the movement patterns on these folks; total crapshoot.

          • Anon

            I am close to someone who wound up in the hospital with broken bones because of a jaywalking pedestrian and still has pain years later, so yes, even people on foot can cause serious harm in a city. Everyone, regardless of mode of transport, needs to behave predictably, and with reasonable caution and respect towards others. And put their gosh darn cell phone down.

            I do not walk or bicycle or drive a car, I have no pony in this race.

        • bxldc

          pretty much if we all stopped being a$$h0l3s to each other, we’d all be fine!

          it’s a truly toxic situation. cyclists feel as though they are treated as they don’t exist (often the case), drivers hate that cyclists don’t obey the same (roughly speaking) laws they are abiding by (which is very true and makes it difficult for drivers to keep track of all the cyclists (even for the drivers that sincerely pay attention)), and pedestrians looking down at their phones walk right into crosswalks when they’re supposed to have stopped (is a chuckle at a meme worth potentially getting hit?). everyone is at fault…. especially those public bus drivers who think they can just throw their bus out in front of anyone else and that’s acceptable…

          DC has a lot of people with important jobs and places to be… problem seems to be everyone thinks they’re above it all.

          instead of calling the gov., just take it upon yourselves… drivers, look over your shoulder before you open your car door after parking; cyclists, please stop running red lights – sure it slows you down, but you will, inevitably, get hit by a car or hit someone else; and pedestrians, stop looking at your phones… and drivers, please stop blocking the box during rush hour – you’d save a lot of people’s sanity.

          we will still get stories like this, but could reduce things dramatically by just doing the things that you should be doing in the first place.

          slight rant over.

          • Anonymous

            all correct. It’s very simple, but as you say many people think they’re just a bit more important than everyone else.

  • Maiden of Mount Pleasant

    It doesn’t seem to be the case in this story given the CBD location, but it would be great if DC revised laws allowing people to ride bikes on the sidewalk. The majority of cyclists I encounter while walking the sidewalk are polite and don’t speed past me, but I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has zoomed by without warning and has come within inches of hitting me or a companion. I get the reasons why cyclists may choose the sidewalk over the road (safety!), but their presence can make it less safe for pedestrians. Sidewalks are made for that explicit purpose and are not meant to function as a bike lane substitute.

  • jsauri

    You should tell them it WAS a fatality, and pull the camera footage to prove that it wasn’t.


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